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Canon 70-200 F4L Lens  
User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1647 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4684 times:

I finally managed to get a second hand L series lens and would like to know if anybody out there has any tips etc to get the best from it.

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User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3535 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4653 times:

Try, then experiment, then try, then...

User currently offlineJoge From Finland, joined Feb 2000, 1444 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4613 times:

First, get a filter to protect the front lens element (very important!). Second, switch the focusing range from 1.2m - infinity to 3m - infinity. This would make the focusing a bit faster (at least if hunting), but I don't know if it's that noticeable.

That's all I could think of by now. Hope that helps.  Smile


User currently offlineWorldspotterPL From Germany, joined May 2004, 227 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4602 times:

My tip: Just put it on your cam and enjoy. You will love it from the first shot!  Smile

Filter is a good idea, too  Big grin

User currently offlineCraigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4595 times:

I looked at some of your other photos on here and it looks like you are shooting digital. If that is the case, shoot RAW, as this lens will record a lot of fine detail.

If you want a filter, get a good one. No point in having top quality lens glass if you put a cheap filter over the end.


User currently offlineAndersNilsson From Sweden, joined May 2004, 419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4590 times:

Weather you choose to have a filter or not always use the hood.
The hood will reduce the risk of lens flare and flying dust.
Congratulations to a good buy.


[Edited 2004-05-30 12:42:46]

Airliner photography is not a crime.
User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2054 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4522 times:

I am something of a novice with this lens...I've found it to be fantastic in its clarity. What I was not prepared for was how challenging 200 mm is at an airport. Had I had the money, I would have gone for 300 or higher. I did get a Sigma 1.4x TC to go with it and so far, the results are excellent.

II Cor. 4:17-18
User currently offlineWorldspotterPL From Germany, joined May 2004, 227 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4500 times:

I will get a Canon 1.4 extender as well, even though I find the digital cropping factor comes up to a non L 300mm lens (which I have experience in shooting with). An L lens with 280mm will be great!

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